Dementia research must study care as well as cure

We read with interest this article found on The Guardian website which discussed how Dementia research should study the ongoing care of the illness alongside seeking to find a cure. The crux of the article was that, due to the huge number of people currently living in the UK with dementia, there is a clear and pressing need to find a cure to this debilitating illness. Even so, it’s imperative that there is an increase in the current 5% of funding dedicated to researching the best possible care for existing sufferers.

 

The article highlighted the pressures experienced by people with dementia and the challenges they face to live well every day. At Springcare, we strive to deliver three of the key goals highlighted in the article. These are to:

 

  • Improve quality of life for people affected by dementia.
  • Enable the dementia workforce to deliver improved practice.
  • Optimise quality and inclusivity of health and social care systems.

We do this in several ways. Firstly, and most importantly, our care home managers and staff undertake dementia awareness training so that they have the skills and experience to support sufferers appropriately. Not all our care homes offer support for dementia sufferers, but Weston House in Shropshire, The Cedars Nursing Home in Wolverhampton and Bucklow Manor in Knutsford specialise in this type of care and have managers and staff who have undertaken training in this area.

As outlined on this NHS page, keeping an active, socially fulfilled lifestyle plays an essential role in the treatment of dementia sufferers. This is something we pride ourselves on delivering for all our residents, regardless of whether they suffer from dementia or not.

Also, some of our homes are enrolling staff in the Government-led initiative, Dementia Friends. This is a plan for people to look after those with the condition who want to remain in their own homes but need assistance to be socially active and avoid ill health.

We take great pride in understanding how the condition effects each person differently and how they see the world uniquely. It’s this level of understanding, and care that we believe is a huge step in supporting a person with dignity and respect for being who they are and delivering expert care to treat their unique needs.